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Perth lawyer raised in Ugandan refugee camp after fleeing South Sudan wins industry award

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A Sudanese-born lawyer who grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda has won an industry award for his contribution to criminal law in Western Australia. COURTNEY BEMBRIDGE Louis Kristopher has worked closely with the African community in Perth, offering free legal advice and mentoring young people, to… Perth lawyer raised… Read More »

Pierre Moscovici, trying to make Italian duvet fit EU suitcase

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The economics commissioner on the challenge of keeping budget rules squishy enough. By PIERRE BRIANÇON PARIS — Pierre Moscovici has an expression to show the direction he’d like his high-stakes negotiations with Italy to take: “We have to fit the duvet into the… Pierre Moscovici, trying… Read More »

Nobel laureate calls on Australia to show ‘fair go’ over $40b Timor Sea oil

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East Timor’s former prime minister and president Dr Jose Ramos-Horta has appealed to Australia’s sense of a “fair go”, asking for a sea boundary to be changed to share $40 billion in oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea. Dr Ramos-Horta made the comments while in Brisbane for his keynote address to the two-day Age of Insecurities conference, organised by Griffith University to… Nobel laureate calls… Read More »

Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to Yazidi women

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Murad Basee and Aji Bashar are advocates for the Yazidi community, the Parliament said. By CYNTHIA KROET Two Yazidi women, who have advocated the plight of survivors of horrific abuse by ISIL in Iraq, have been awarded the European Parliament’s 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the… Parliament awards Sakharov… Read More »

Australia’s Poisonous Refugee Policy

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Governments tend to dislike being called torturers. By WALEED ALY That’s why the George W. Bush administration went through such legal contortions to exclude waterboarding from the definition of torture. That this relied on a definition too idiosyncratic for anyone outside the Republican Party hardly mattered because it allowed President Bush to say, “the United States does not torture,” with a… Australia’s Poisonous Refugee… Read More »

Taiwan Should Be a Partner in Addressing Climate Change

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Taiwan, as the fifth-largest economy in Asia and the 22nd largest in the world, should have a place at the table when it comes to this critical issue. Stanley Kao The Paris Climate Agreement, negotiated within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with the… Taiwan Should Be a… Read More »

60 percent of global wildlife species wiped out

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Unprecedented rate of decline of animals because of human activity causing a “global mass extinction”, new report says. About 60 percent of the world’s fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have been wiped out over the last four decades largely because of human activity, researchers say. The… 60 percent of… Read More »

Portrait of Antarctic explorer Syd Kirkby picked as people’s choice in Black Swan Prize

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A portrait of an Australian Antarctic explorer has won the People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. By Sam Bold Queensland artist Tom McBeth painted the portrait of WA explorer Syd Kirkby MBE and will pocket $7,500 in… Portrait of Antarctic… Read More »

UK deploys hundreds of troops and aircraft to eastern Europe

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UK joins biggest post-cold war buildup of Nato forces as Russian military engages in series of high-profile manoeuvres Kevin Rawlinson and Ewen MacAskill The UK is deploying hundreds of troops, as well as aircraft and armour to eastern Europe as part of the biggest build-up of Nato forces in the region since the cold war. The… UK deploys hundreds… Read More »

The Road to a Treaty

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Our nation’s future lies in settling the demons of our past. A Treaty with Australia’s First Peoples is best path to get us there, writes Jeff McMullen. Jeff McMullen If you make the long journey to Possession Island, that jewel in the turquoise sea off the tip of Cape York, the folly of our past and the path to a brighter and… The Road to… Read More »

“Can Cyprus Become A United Country?”

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Lecture At Cyprus University “Greece is the Mother of Democracy.  South Africa is its youngest daughter”. By: George Bizos SC * So said Nelson Mandela shortly after his release after twenty seven years of imprisonment. His answer to the question would have been “yes, it can”. He was no stranger to Hellenism. He was a graduate of Arts and Law. He played the role of Creon in Sophocles’s play “Antigone” whilst in prison. He had read Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Zenon and ... Read More »

Australia is no longer the home of the ‘fair go’, says report

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Country is less fair, less safe and has more people in prison than comparable nations, says Community Council of Australia Calla Wahlquist A report by the Community Council of Australia has shattered perceptions that Australia is a country of the “fair go”, finding it is less fair, less safe, and with a… Australia is no… Read More »

3 Factors for the U.S. to Consider in Assessing Iran’s Role in Yemen Attacks

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Publicly blaming Tehran for the recent missile strikes would be a serious matter, so U.S. officials need to go through several preparatory steps before deciding whether that is the best course of action. Michael Singh After missiles fired from the coast of Yemen (unsuccessfully) targeted a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea on Oct. 9 and Oct. 12, U.S. officials unequivocally blamed the Shiite Houthi rebels that control Yemen’s capital. U.S. forces responded to the… 3 Factors for… Read More »

U.N. envoy to Yemen hands peace plan outline to rival parties

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SANAA: The United Nations envoy to Yemen has handed an outline for a peace plan to Houthi rebels in control of the capital which includes depriving their rival, President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, of his authorities and the withdrawal of rebels from major cities, a Houthi-affiliated politician said Tuesday. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed left Sanaa after a three-day visit aimed at pushing for an end the… U.N. envoy to… Read More »

The fetishisation of work is making us miserable. Let’s learn to live again

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Long hours and poor pay are wreaking havoc on our lives. Rather than fixating on growth, if we restructured the working week it would allow people to flourish Anna Coote Mounting pressures at work are taking a heavy toll on life at home. Employees say their bosses want them to put job before family, and… The fetishisation of… Read More »

Robert Manne: How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers

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­ If you had been told 30 years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed. Robert Manne In 1992 we introduced a system of indefinite mandatory detention for asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Since that time, we have accepted the… Robert Manne: How… Read More »